CET is ME

For Adults Only!

Who says grown-ups can’t have fun?!

Thursday, June 13, 2024
5:30pm – 9pm


MadTree Brewing – Oakley
3301 Madison Road
Cincinnati, OH 45209

You’re Invited to Unleash Your Inner Artist!

Join us at this year’s CET is ME event, where you can “Unleash Your Inner Artist!” Enjoy activities, food and more while we recognize a group of community heroes in the arts.

Event Co-Chairs

Cristina Ferrari and Josh Hill

Event Committee Members

Jeanette Altenau
Michelle Donaldson
Bethany Hartman
Janet Huston
Meghan Kane

Barbara Kellar
Scott MacEachen
Sally More
Christopher Owens

Megan Shields
Larry Shields
Mary Ellen Sullivan
Millie Swaine

Nancy Wagner
Patty Wagner
Barbara Weyand
Elana Winget


The Dr. O’dell M. Owens Community Hero Award

Dr. O’dell Moreno Owens was a long-time volunteer at CET.  Not only did he chair the Action Auction for more than twelve years, his unending support of CET and the benefits of our on-air educational programs, made him a hero in our eyes.

His support for CET and many, many other organizations in our community was truly heroic.  In that light, we are honoring other, unsung community heroes who have chosen to walk the same path as Dr. Owens.  They, too, work tirelessly to improve the lives of so many in our community.


MYCincinnati

MYCincinnati is a program of Price Hill Will, a non-profit community development corporation that serves the East, West, and Lower Price Hill neighborhoods. As far as we know, MYCincinnati is the first El Sistema-inspired program in the US to be part of a CDC. MYCincinnati’s mission is to use ensemble-based music as a vehicle for youth development and community engagement by providing children with access to free, intense, high-quality, music education.

Started in 2011, students learn how to make art together, using the orchestra as a model for civic society, in which people with different views, capabilities, and responsibilities work together towards a common goal.

MYCincinnati is more than a music program – it is a community. One of their core values is “every child is a main character.” They ensure every child in their program feels that their needs are addressed and feels that they are a valuable member of the community.

In 2019, Bernardo López became MYCincinnati Director and the program expanded to include instruction in bass clarinet and bassoon, and expanded offerings in percussion instruction.

Toilynn O’Neal Turner

Toilynn O’Neal Turner doesn’t remember when art and activism were not a part of her life. From her earliest memories to her work today, her existence has been defined and shaped by standing up and speaking with the creative voice inside her.

Her latest venture has been to develop and preserve the iconic Regal Theater as the permanent home for the Robert O’Neal Multicultural Arts Center (ROMAC) in honor of her late father. As President and CEO of ROMAC, Toilynn works to celebrate, advance, and preserve African American culture and achievement through the arts, history, and education while uplifting the rich diversity of artists and cultures of Greater Cincinnati.

Her work history began in 1994 and includes serving as the Museum and Visual Art Director for the Arts Consortium of Cincinnati. Under her leadership, the Arts Consortium’s visual arts program flourished. For over 11 years, she expanded the program for adults and youth, got the community involved, and celebrated diversity through art.

In 2005, Toilynn accepted a position at the Cincinnati Art Museum, where she worked as an Education Coordinator for Community Engagement for six years. While in this position, she also opened a physical location for her venture, the New American Art Gallery II(2005 -2010), in Tower Place Mall in downtown Cincinnati. 

As the Program Coordinator for VIBE Cincinnati and cultural curator for Fountain Square for 17 years, she helps develop and implement a multicultural platform for the Cincinnati Visitor Bureau, including booking talent, planning entertainment, and scheduling seasonal events for multicultural groups, conferences, and organizations visiting the area.

For over 21 years, Toilynn also served as the Director of Diversity for St. Ursula Academy, where she developed diversity initiatives and programs, including training and awareness activities for staff, faculty, parents, and students; initiatives to recruit and retain diverse students; and organized cultural assemblies and community outreach programs.

Toilynn’s unending dedication to the city of Cincinnati drives her passion for community collaboration, diversity, and cultural education for her city. Her extensive list of past and current volunteer positions includes membership on the board of the Cincinnati Arts Association, The Cincinnati Ballet, Invest in Neighborhood, Preschool Promise, Clifton Cultural Art Center, Walnut Hills Area Council, and the Nrityarpana School of Performing Arts. She has been active on committees for the Freedom Center, the African American Chamber of Commerce, the Cincinnati Museum Center, the University of Cincinnati Diversity Officer Roundtable, Boys Hope Girls Hope of Cincinnati School, the Mayor’s Commission of Gender Equality, and the National African American Museum Association.

Along with her many accolades and awards, Toilynn was recently honored by the Contemporary Art Center at their 2022 Regional Gala. In February 2022, the Cincinnati Regional Chamber recognized her as a "Black History Maker in Cincinnati." 2019, when she received the MAC Award for Diversity and Leadership in the Arts from the Multicultural Awareness Council (MAC) of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. This award recognizes local artists, administrators, and visionaries who have forged paths for the inclusion of underrepresented communities in the arts.

Other awards have included the NAACP Arts and Education Award, Cincinnati Who’s Who in Black Cincinnati for the Arts, Kenton County (KY) Award for Art Education, Leading Women Award for Art /Entertainment (Women’s Fund Greater Cincinnati Foundation), Cincinnati YWCA Rising Star Recipient, Cincinnati Herald Nefertiti Award, Eye of the Artist Foundation "Dada Rafiki" Award, Outstanding Woman of America. She was also an Applause ImageMaker Emerging Leader Recipient.

Her direct, hands-on efforts have helped numerous organizations throughout the city. She was at the forefront of diversity, equity, and inclusion before it was part of our popular vernacular. She sees art as a change agent that heals communities by allowing them to express their emotions and struggles. She is a rare treasure in Cincinnati: an artist, an activist, and an educator. Every day, in hundreds of ways, Toilynn O’Neal Turner lives her mission of promoting diversity through the arts

 

Victoria Morgan

Cincinnati Ballet experienced tremendous growth and success under the leadership of Victoria Morgan. In 2008, she took on the role of executive leader, serving as both the Artistic Director and CEO. Under her leadership, after years of growing deficits, the Cincinnati Ballet stabilized their finances, built a $13 million endowment fund, created an operating reserve, presented several million-dollar capital projects, and expanded the Otto M. Budig Academy and education outreach programming. Victoria’s vision to lead the Cincinnati Ballet into a vibrant and confident future is framed by the Company’s tour to the Joyce Theater in New York and the tour to the Kennedy Center in D.C. In 2017 with the arrival of Scott Altman, Victoria became a full- time Artistic Director, giving her the opportunity to focus exclusively on artistic excellence. During her tenure at Cincinnati Ballet, she choreographed numerous one-act and full-length ballets. Her most widely acclaimed works include the world premieres of King Arthur’s Camelot, the new Nutcracker and her revised choreography for Cinderella. Prior to coming to Cincinnati Ballet, Morgan was resident choreographer for the San Francisco Opera and a principal dancer for San Francisco Ballet and Ballet West. She served on numerous boards including Dance USA, Dance Magazine, the NEA evaluation panel, and was a presiding judge for many International Ballet Competitions. Morgan graduated Magna Cum Laude with an M.F.A. from University of Utah. She was honored as a YWCA Career Woman of Achievement in 2009.

Pam Kravetz

Pam Kravetz – She’s a mural makin’, street paintin’ quilt sewin’, yarnbombin’, curatin’, flashmobin’, tutu wearin’ rootin’ tootin’ art monster. She is a regionally & nationally recognized visual artist with more than 50 art exhibits & installations. 

With Pam, Contemporary Art is not a spectator sport – it is understandable, accessible, interactive and community oriented. Truly, she is inspired by the beauty in the chaos of the everyday. Her artwork ranges from street art, Artworks installations at Cincinnati’s Children’s Hospital to monumental Memory Quilts in the lobby of the Contemporary Arts Center. She was the Art Director for The Blink Parade, a Board Trustee for Artworks ,The Art Academy of Cincinnati, Ish Festival, HRC (Human Rights Campaign), and is a Co-liaison for the National Council for the Ceramics Arts (NCECA) Conference in Cincinnati.

Pam is the creator & face of CAC-tV and the curator of the live art performances. Her alter ego, Pinky Shears is the notorious Mastermind of the Yarn-Bombing Collective – the Bombshells of Cincinnati and the performance art collective The Polyester Spy Club. Her interactive exhibition, I Think My Uncle Gershun Was A Golem, is at The Weston Art Gallery in Cincinnati, she used her artist voice and platform to talk about her family, her Jewishness and antisemitism. Currently, she has an installation at the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center in the Creativity Center’s UnMuseum, titled Pinkolicious Pamajama’s House of Wonder and Silly Scooter’s Playhouse. Pam is also a CityBeat newspaper Best Artist of 2022 and an Enquirer Cincinnati Women of the Year 2017. She has numerous awards and recognitions as both an artist and art educator. Pam is always up for the next larger-than-life art bonanza!!

Gold Sponsors

Barbara Kellar


Silver Sponsors


Bronze Sponsors

Barnes Dennig

GAMCO Concrete Formwork

Rosemary and Mark Schlachter in Memory of Larry Kellar

Jami Vallandingham /
DeeDee and Gary West

Barbara Weyand


Partnering Sponsors

BakerHostetler

Bartlett Wealth

Dinsmore

Faruki PLL

Madelynn and Raymond Matlock